Sicily might well be an island known for its rugged coastline, shimmering waters and picturesque crescent-moon coves, but there is much more to the island than a simple mixture of sun, sand and sea. As well as ancient archaeological parks and the beautiful Baroque cities of the south, Sicily offers a treasure trove of romantic rural villas to keep even the most ardent nature lover satisfied.
Choosing a holiday villa or apartment in a rural location means you can get back to nature on your trip, soaking up the clean air and tranquil surroundings of the spectacular Mediterranean countryside. Pick a property with a colourful garden to relax in or choose one with a spacious terrace where you can eat your breakfast al fresco, BBQ with the family, or sip on a glass of wine under the stars.
Our collections at Sicily4U offer a range of rural retreats. Here are a few of our favourites…
Indulge in luxurious living with a stay at Villa Millefiori, a six-bedroom holiday villa near to Torrenova on the north-eastern coast. This 50 hectare estate dates back to the 19th century and, with its traditional interiors and beautiful antique furniture, the property is filled to the brim with regal Sicilian character and charm. Enjoy the ornamental garden, blooming with colourful flowers, explore the grounds which include the ruins of an old Benedictine Monastery and an old mill, or relax by the pool with its breath-taking views of the coast.
This four-bedroom holiday villa named Il Rifugio is a refuge indeed, perched on three acres of land outside the buzzing beach town of San Vito Lo Capo. Just a short distance away from the famous Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve with its glittering beaches and exhilarating coastal walks, the villa offers direct access to a rocky part of the coast where you can snorkel and swim with ease. A 4x4 car is essential for a stay in this property, thanks to its secluded position on the coast. Otherwise, simply load up on supplies, cut yourself off from the hectic outside world and swim, trek and dine al fresco to your heart’s content.
Situated in the western region of Sicily, often considered to be home to some of the most beautiful rural scenery on the island, Casa Maya is a charming country house offering access to some top Sicilian attractions. Visit the mountain town of Erice, the salt pans of Trapani, the island of Mozia or the ruins of Segesta – all located just a short drive away. Back at your base you can experience what life might have been like for the Sicilian aristocracy of yesteryear, surrounded by panoramic views of the Mediterranean countryside. Wood-beamed ceilings, sumptuous decor and a large private terrace, complete with a pool to keep you cool under the hot Sicilian sun.
Country living in Sicily doesn’t necessarily have to come with a luxury price tag. Villa Balthasar is a three-bedroom holiday villa that offers fantastic value for money. This cosy rural retreat is set in the vicinity of Capo d’Orlando, a part of Sicily’s northern coast that’s famed for its beautiful beaches. Recently restored, this beautiful self-catered villa is tastefully decorated and enjoys a secluded location, surrounded on three sides by fragrant gardens filled with citrus trees, bright flowers and aromatic plants.
Villa Terrazza Pollara
Escape from it all with a visit to the cosy Villa Terrazza Pollara, situated on the Aeolian Island of Salina, off the coast of northern Sicily. These unique volcanic islands are renowned for their exceptional natural beauty – the area is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. This elegant, traditional property is set against a backdrop of vineyards and a mountainous skyline. Enjoy open-air dining on the sunny terrace or take a stroll to the nearby beach of Pollara, one of the most picturesque bays of the archipelago.
Whether it’s a rural retreat, historical holiday or seaside sojourn you are looking for, we are confident we can help you find your dream property at Sicily4U. Just take a look at our other villa collections here.